Ellen Ryan upcoming events:

Launch of Website: Hamilton Aging in Community

March 8, 10 AM

Location: Grace Lutheran Church,

Contact: Ellen@hamiltonagingtogether.ca

Gilbrea Aging and Literature Reading/Writing Group 

The Art of Writing Memoir

Dates: Monday April 9 & 23, 1:00-3:00pm

Location: Ancaster Library, 300 Wilson St E, Ancaster

Free parking

Co-Sponsors: McMaster Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging
& Ancaster Library

Two sessions focus on writing and sharing our memories. We discuss the art of writing memoir, excerpts from published memoirs, as well as our own goals and strategies for writing memories.  Within each session, participants will respond to writing prompts and be invited to read their work aloud.

Participants are encouraged to take part in both sessions.

The group will be facilitated by Ellen Ryan, Professor Emeritus in McMaster University’s Department of Health, Aging and Society. Ellen’s research examines how to foster resilient aging through the decades –from the young old to the oldest old. Throughout her career, she has focused on ageism, disability, and life stories. She hosts the website: Writing, Aging and Spirit.

*Sessions are free, but require advanced registration by contacting our co-sponsor, the Ancaster Library at  905-648-6911.

Karl Kinanen Annual Public Lecture – April 18, 2018

Finding a New Voice: Writing through Health Adversity

Ellen Ryan, Speaker

April 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Dundurn Castle Coach House | 610 York Blvd | Hamilton


Acquiring a disability through accident or chronic illness (such as dementia) can threaten one’s sense of self and ability to interact with others. Journal writing allows individuals to rediscover their sense of self, to release complex emotions by naming them, and work their way through the many changes in their daily lives. Writing for others helps the author clarify personal experience, find meaning, and make a valuable social contribution.  Published illness narratives put a face on disability, engender empathy, advocate for a “disability-friendly” society, and show how the human spirit can transcend disability.

To register call: (905) 525-9140 ext. 24449

Or email: gilbrea@mcmaster.ca

Presented by the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging and in partnership with Hamilton Aging in Community and the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University.